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We are delighted to announce that the next WL Reads book and author is Gateway to the Moon, by Mary Morris. Now in hardcover and e-reader editions, it will be out in paperback on March 12. An author interview will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 8:30 PM EST.
The historical novel has a dual narrative: First, the story follows a Jewish family of conversos during a century of flight from the Spanish Inquisition—from Spain, to Portugal, to Mexico, and, finally, to colonial New Mexico. The second storyline, set in the 1990s, tells of inter-related Hispanic characters in a poor New Mexico town, whose ancestors had settled there 400 years ago, and who still maintain “strange” customs that hint at Jewish ancestry. It involves a striving, gifted teenage boy, whose family harbors secrets, who views the stars from a crumbling cemetery hilltop, the narrative of a kindly older general store manager, who yearns to discover his roots, and a troubled, young Jewish family that tries to make a fresh start. Mary Morris skillfully weaves these threads together in a page-turning, layered story.
Her earlier historical novel, The Jazz Palace, a multiple-award winner, is set in Prohibition-era Chicago, where Jewish and African-American musicians–confronting racism, Anti-Semitism and gangsters–forge bonds. In addition to her other novels, Morris wrote a travel memoir viewed as a classic, Nothing to Declare, Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. A Chicago native, she has “100% Jewish” roots but was raised “minimally Jewish,” and has been on a voyage of self-discovery through her writing, she has told interviewers.
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